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Revealed: Mental health websites are selling your data to advertisers


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Revealed: Mental health websites are selling your data to advertisers

Technology 3 December 2019 By Donna Lu People can be tracked by advertisers whilst looking for mental health adviceD3Damon/GettyMental health websites are sharing user data with advertisers, including the results of tests for depression. This means that people seeking information or help for mental health conditions can be targeted with adverts while they may be…

Revealed: Mental health websites are selling your data to advertisers


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3 December 2019

By Donna Lu

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People can be tracked by advertisers whilst looking for mental health advice

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Mental health websites are sharing user data with advertisers, including the results of tests for depression. This means that people seeking information or help for mental health conditions can be targeted with adverts while they may be vulnerable.

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Eliot Bendinelli at Privacy International in London and his colleagues looked at 136 of the most popular websites in the UK, France and Germany that provide resources and information about mental health conditions. The researchers found that 76 per cent of the websites contained third-party marketing trackers. These …

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